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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2005, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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New owner - soft top

After long time wanting one I finally own a 1974 Alfa Spider 2000(RHD)
(or as some people might like to call it - expensive temperamental rusting piece of Italian junk!)
I was looking at an MG Midget but when my dream car came up for sale I had to buy, there aren't too many of them around here in Ireland!

I gave her a bit of a service and fixed a fuel leak at the fuel pump and now she's running like a dream, although the radiator crossmember is rusting away along with some of the floor pan and the interior is fairly unkempt...so I've got a list of things to do

As I don't completely trust my own mechanical abilites (I'm a novice) I was going to get the local mechanic to look at it too- I just got past "it's a 1974 Alfa Spider" when he responded "bin it!" and "I wouldn't touch it with a 40 foot pole!"
some people just don't understand!

The reason I'm posting - I bought a new soft top but it only came with very sketchy installation instructions - I saw on a previous post that some people have the original installation manual so if you could email a copy to me I'd appreciate it....

I'm hoping I can tap the experience of the esteemed experts here

thanks a million,

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welcome from another newbie...this is a great and helpful forum indeed worth scanning through the messages for a short while theres lots to learn.. like most the car is a love affair because of just what it is..i had a mg midget for 4 years... there crap compared to the spidy everyone will be jealous because everyone you meet knows the car wanted one but never had the balls to buy one.....i hope you can cope with your repairs or find a helpful local mechanic...or even better a specialist in your area......join the alfa romeo club uk for a list of peeps...i find the magazine boring but the list of contacts is great...

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Welcome to the board, Cormac! The Car Disc web site has electronic manuals that cover just about everything. They're about $50 U.S., but a nearly irreplaceable wealth of information. You'll find them at www.cardisc.com/

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Bin the mechanic. Alfas get a bad reputation due to poorly maintained examples being unreliable. It's an undeserved reputation that's unfortunately carried through to some mechanics. You don't want someone working on your car that feels like it's a waste of his time. Alfas, for the most part, are very well thought-out, mechanically. With the info you need, you can certainly do most of the work yourself.

As for the top manual, I could swear someone had made a PDF of it at some point. The installation is doable, but make sure it's a day you have a lot of time and a lot of patience. Do a search on this BB and you'll find accounts by those of us that have installed our own tops.

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silverspider - great link!! I may just tackle this myself and save some money.

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I have created a PDF (Adobe) file from the factory top install manual. Its over 4 MB, but if someone wants it I can post it on a web server for a period of time and provide a link.

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This is pretty brief, but maybe worth looking at?

http://www.international-auto.com/in...m?fa=ad&aid=81

Paradisio - I've got a spot it could be hosted long term....

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Here's the file
Right click and "save link as"

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John - Page 5 is shown as page 7.

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The page numbers on the scans match the table of contents, I probably left off a couple of blank pages. Its been a while so I don't exactly remember but I don't see any info missing.

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Cormac,

Welcome to the world of Alfa Romeo, and the Alfa BB. While all Alfa Spiders are great, the 1974 version is the best performing of the U.S. specification models. I replaced the top on my '76 Spider a few years ago, and the hardest thing was to clean off the old adhesive. I used 3M Gereral Purpose Adhesive Cleaner # 051135-08984.

If you can get Griots Garage products in Ireland, I believe they list this in their catalog. Or maybe it will be available in a local automotive paint supply store.

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After long time wanting one I finally own a 1974 Alfa Spider 2000(RHD) ....As I don't completely trust my own mechanical abilites (I'm a novice) I was going to get the local mechanic to look at it too- I just got past "it's a 1974 Alfa Spider" when he responded "bin it!" and "I wouldn't touch it with a 40 foot pole!"
some people just don't understand!...Cormac


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thanks for all the advice and the warm welcome - the manual is much appreciated
although I should probably see to the rust before doing cosmetic work, but hey!

Bob, the mechanic has been well and truly binned - my girlfriend's father is a mechanic and has volunteered to help, although he's 2.5 hours away...

I've got a brooklands workshop manual, is there much extra in the car disc stuff?

Looks like I'll have a nice relaxing time this weekend installing my new top - I'll try and get hold of some of that cleaner in a local store when I'm getting the glue

go raibh míle maith agaibh!!

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I've got a brooklands workshop manual, is there much extra in the car disc stuff?
Having the parts blow-ups is just as useful as having the shop manual. Neither replaces the other, but one will make the other more clear.

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